Helllooo Friday and holiday weekend! I can’t believe it is already the end of May. Time sure flies when your head is stuck in studying Glycolysis and Chronic Kidney Disease. What CAN come faster is the time to finally take the RD Exam. I don’t think I’ve wanted to get a test over and done with more in my life.
On Wednesday, the roomie and I did my Workout Wednesday challenge of Beautify Exercise, which was taking a walk around the neighborhood and cleaning up the streets at the same time. We joked about how we felt like the kids with the worst Halloween costumes carrying around bags of empty cigarette cartons and crushed Bud Light cans. I have to say after a while it got pretty competitive, and bows were thrown between us in order to be the first to pick up the bottle of Dr. Pepper. It was like an Easter egg hunt…for the homeless or Earth-friendly foodies like us. It was a productive walk where we filled our bags, cleaned the streets, and moved our feet! A good feeling all around.
As you know, last weekend the roomie and I traveled to Nashville for a roomie road trip. Despite some tiny speed bumps due to our lack of planning and knowing the Nashville area, the trip was an amazing success. Here’s a rundown of our trip:
Upon arriving to Nashville, which is about a 4 hour drive from Montgomery we were both “gnawing our arms off” as the roomie described perfectly. We had lunch at the cutest little bakery called, The Puffy Muffin. If the name alone didn’t sell you, I think my lunch will.
It was a deliciously massive salad topped with fresh fruit salad, cottage cheese, and pimento cheese. For those who have not yet discovered the joys of pimento cheese, the South and I encourage you to do so. Life changing. I’m proud to say I polished off the entire plate except for some crackers and pimento. The perfect start to a road trip is always a good meal in my eyes.
That afternoon we spent the day exploring Centennial Park. There was a 3 day wedding going on at the Parthenon so we weren’t able to go on a tour. A 3 day wedding, can you believe that?! One day for a pre-party, one for the ceremony, and one for the reception. I’d be happy with an “I Do” and a funfetti cake. To each his own. They did have these awesome elephants made out of flowers though.
That night we had planned on going downtown to check out the Nashville nightlife full of Honky-tonks, Pedal Bars, and no parking. If your like me and have never witnessed a pedal bar before, it is literally a bar that you have to help pedal around town. I guess that’s one way to burn off your Jack and Coke.
We spent over an hour trying to find a place to park while I had about 3 strokes trying to park in claustrophobic parking lots, and then discovering that it was $20 an hour to park there. We decided that half our drink budget wasn’t worth spending on a parking place and finally gave up. I was a little disappointed we didn’t get the chance to square dance and sing along to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” with some cowboys, but our frugal budget surpassed. At least we got to see downtown in all it’s country-fied glamour.
The next day we started with the famous Pancake Pantry. My hanger (hungry anger) bipolar personality did not want to wait in the line around the block, but my Yankee tourist side conquered and stuck it out. It was a nice touch that they had free coffee outside and the line went a lot faster than I thought it would. I of course got a plate of the sweet potato pancakes after T-Swift’s personal recommendation topped with their delicious cinnamon cream syrup. Despite being about half the size I expected them to be and failing to cover my never ending appetite to hold me over for two meals, they were amazing. Everything my sweet potato heart could ever dream of.
I also got me creep on and snapped this pic of the giant tub of butter. I was waiting for Paula Deen to pull up and file a lawsuit against them, or create a statue of herself out of it. Unfortunately neither happened.
We thought it would be a great idea to walk from the Pantry to the Union Station hotel, which is an old train station converted into a swankified hotel. A 4 minute drive turned out to be about a 40 minute walk in flip-flops and pure humidity. Two giant blisters, heat stroke, and dehydration later we determined that it wasn’t the best idea. At least we walked off our cinnamon cream dream pancakes..as I replaced it with an over-priced Cosmo at the hotel. C’est la vie.
After that we headed off to the Opryland Hotel. Despite my inability to walk from my giant blisters, this was probably my favorite part of the trip. The hotel was HUGE and had 4 garden conservatories inside including a river boat tour, water fall, and plenty of walking trails to make you feel like you were part of The Jungle Book. If I ever travel back to Nashville I would love to be able to spend at least a night there, especially in one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the conservatory. So darn pretty.
On our way back to ‘Bama we took a pit-stop to Lynchburg, TN to visit the home of Mr. Jack Daniels. The original distillery is smack dab in the middle of nowhere USA, and free samples were not included in the tour. As soon as the word free is not included, I make a Bee line for the nearest exit before my dwindling bank account has other plans.
A minute down the road, they had the cutest little square where I finally found this gem
Even though I didn’t get to square dance with Luke Bryant, I can at least cross the belt buckle off the bucket list. This way I can never forget my Southern pride once I return to Yankee-villeNH. Overall I had a great time in Nashville, and of course getting to spend it with my favorite Southern soul-roomie. I’m glad she understands my addicting to carrots and food-induced lash-outs and still likes me.
Have you ever been to Nashville?
Any plans for the holiday weekend?